Manchester City comfortably beat Fulham on the weekend. However, the penalty Raheem Sterling was awarded in the first half generated a bit of debate following the match. Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey has given his view on the decision made by on-field official Jon Moss, and the lack of VAR intervention from Graham Scott.
Halsey sticks up for Sterling
Speaking exclusively to Transfer Tavern, Halsey said: “You cannot blame players going down when there’s the slightest of contact. They’re then asking the question to the referee, and they’re asking the referee to make a decision. There was a slight bit of contact”
“VAR shouldn’t come in unless it was a clear and obvious error, that is when everybody in football sees that the referee has made an absolute howler, and you can’t say, in that situation, that Jon Moss made a howler as there was a bit of contact. Some will say it is (a pen), some will say it’s not, so it’s not a clear and obvious error”
The right decision was made
Halsey is completely right and in this situation, there was definitely enough contact for Sterling go down, which he is more than entitled to do. Like the ex-referee also says, the awarding of a penalty was not a clear and obvious error, so there was no need for VAR to intervene either.
Sterling is very good on the ball, and his dribbling is key to his game. It was proven on the weekend how effective he is at it when he was fouled in the penalty area.
If he gets in these positions more consistently, then there is no doubt that more goals and assists will come from the Englishman this campaign.
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